CBS memo controversy

Archived Sun coverage of questions surrounding documents about President Bush’s military record that were approved for broadcast on the network.

March 5, 2005

Rather's career put in harsh light

When an executive of long standing steps down, his farewell typically is accompanied by toasts, kudos and kind recollections. But the departure of 73-year-old anchorman Dan Rather from the CBS Evening News instead is generating an unprecedented wave of harsh assessments - and not just from longtime critics.

January 12, 2005

For Mason, a history of breaking barriers

In 1970, Linda Mason, then a writer in the CBS News division, applied for a producing job. But instead of a promotion, she got advice. "Women can't be producers," her boss said.

January 12, 2005

Network's brass, critics take solace in the report

CBS News executives say they're vindicated by an independent panel's conclusion that there was no political bias behind September's flawed report on President Bush's National Guard service.

January 11, 2005

CBS fires 4 executives, producers over Bush-National Guard report

CBS News fired four executives and senior producers yesterday, after an independent panel concluded that a "myopic zeal" to beat the competition on a story about President Bush's National Guard service led to serious flaws in reporting the piece.

January 11, 2005

Restoring public's trust in CBS News

Not long after he took over as president of CBS News in the late 1990s, Andrew Heyward appeared on the cover of American Journalism Review. The headline was: "Can Andrew Heyward Save CBS News?"

January 11, 2005

'60 Minutes' story suffered from 'myopic zeal'

In TV news lingo, it's called "crashing the story" - a frenzied, focused, all-out effort to get the information, get the pictures, get it on the air and, most important, get it first.

November 24, 2004

Rather built a hard-news, but folksy image

He was always a hard-news guy, an old-style, old-school reporter who once told Larry King that "danger is my business."

September 24, 2004

Americans say media less believable

With scandals besetting some of the nation's most respected media outlets, why would anyone trust what they read in newspapers and magazines or what they see on television news programs?

September 23, 2004

CBS News appoints 2 to conduct outside review of report on Bush

CBS News appointed a former U.S. attorney general and a retired chief executive of the Associated Press yesterday to investigate how a botched story about President Bush's military record was researched and approved for broadcast.

September 22, 2004

CBS producer urged Kerry aide to call source of memos on Bush

CBS News producer Mary Mapes prodded a senior aide to Sen. John Kerry to speak to the retired National Guard officer who provided now-discredited documents on President Bush's military service, according to the Kerry aide and CBS.

September 21, 2004

CBS retracts bulk of Bush story

CBS News retracted yesterday much of a report on President Bush's military service, saying it had been deceived by a retired Texas National Guard officer who presented documents purporting to show that Bush had received preferential treatment to avoid fulfilling his Vietnam War-era obligations.

September 17, 2004

Rather, CBS fight allegations of bias

CBS News anchor Dan Rather has always loved to be in the thick of the big story - whether that story was the Watergate scandal, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, or as recently as Labor Day, a hurricane bearing down on the United States.

September 16, 2004

CBS agrees to try to resolve document dispute

Acknowledging crushing public criticism, CBS News President Andrew Heyward said yesterday that his network would seek to resolve questions about disputed documents relied on in a story a week ago to allege that President Bush had used well-placed connections to avoid fulfilling his military duties while in the Texas Air National Guard.

September 15, 2004

CBS won't reveal memos' source

CBS News President Andrew Heyward said yesterday that his network will not reveal the source of disputed documents used to report that President Bush received favored treatment in the Texas Air National Guard, even though that decision may mean many Americans would distrust a 60 Minutes report on the subject.

September 13, 2004

Rather's doubters unmoved

Dan Rather's forceful defense last Friday of a CBS News story about gaps in President Bush's service in the Air National Guard does not appear to have assuaged those who doubt its accuracy.

September 11, 2004

CBS, Rather stand firm on Bush story as furor swells

CBS anchor Dan Rather vigorously defended yesterday his reliance on memos that appeared to show President Bush avoided fulfilling his service obligations as a lieutenant in the Air National Guard in the early 1970s, even as a controversy intensified over the authenticity of those documents.

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